Residence Life

Spring Move-In Info for Residents

By Res Life | January 5, 2021

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus this weekend!  Here are a few very important reminders in order to prepare for the check-in process. 

Mandatory COVID-19 testing will be required for all residential students prior to moving back onto campus for the spring semester. This process will allow us to minimize the risk of asymptomatic students who have the virus from infecting others in campus housing. The university has partnered with Fetter Health Care Network to provide this testing at no cost to students upon arrival to campus on January 9 and 10. Students can receive a rapid test upon arrival to campus during their scheduled check-in time. Students must sign up for a check-in time no later than Wednesday, January 6 at noon using this link. Students who are signed up from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. must arrive to campus NO LATER than 4:30 p.m. to get in line for testing. Residents signed up to check-in at 5 p.m. on Sunday are encouraged to select an earlier check-in time. 

Here are a few things you need to know about this process:

  • All residential students must enter through the MAIN entrance of campus to begin the check-in process. Students will be directed to the Health Science Building parking lot upon arrival. Members of Campus Security will be located around campus to help facilitate this process. Students will not be allowed to go to their dorm room before completing this process. 
  • In order to facilitate the check-in process, all residential students being tested at check-in will need to complete the attached registration paperwork, which includes a release to allow their test results to be sent to CSU. Students must complete and bring these forms to check-in, along with their photo ID and insurance card.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days prior to the start of the spring semester (October 13, 2020 or later), you do not need to be retested, but you will need to provide documentation of your positive test upon arrival to campus. You can upload proof of their positive test result to our HIPAA compliant online platform prior to your move in time and should also bring a copy of the test result for reference in the event we experience technical difficulties. Please note, you will verify your name and CSU ID# are a part of the file name when you upload it. If you wish to obtain COVID-19 testing on your own, you must receive and obtain a negative test result within 72 hours of your scheduled check-in. You can upload proof of your negative test result to our HIPAA compliant online platform prior to your move in time and should also bring a copy of the test result for reference in the event we experience technical difficulties. Please note, you will verify your name and CSU ID# are a part of the file name when you upload it. 
  • Students proving a positive test result from the past 90 days or a negative test result from the past 72 hours and students completing their rapid test result on campus will have to show their test results to Professor Laurel Glover, our University COVID-19 Coordinator, at a designated location in the Health Science Building parking lot prior to be allowed to access their room. Students will be given a wrist band once this process is complete to notify our team members they are approved to return to the residence halls. Please do not remove your wrist band until your community meetings on Sunday evening.
  • The rapid test takes 15-30 minutes from its administration to receiving a result. Once a student receives a NEGATIVE result, they will be permitted to proceed with the campus housing check-in process. If a student receives a POSITIVE result, they will check in to a room designated for ISOLATION, where they will be monitored for 10 days by the University COVID-19 Coordinator (per the same policies and procedures as the fall semester) or they can opt to return home to complete their isolation period.
  • While Fetter Health Care Network will be providing this service to you at no cost, they will bill your health insurance provider. COVID-19 testing is currently being covered by the majority of insurance plans nationwide with no copay.
  • If you do not have health insurance, Fetter Health Care Network has the ability to pay for it through federal funding. This option is only available for students who do not have insurance as this is verified at the time the test is submitted. Due to this funding, there will be no out of pocket cost to you to get tested the day you move-in.
  • Students who are unable to check in during one of our scheduled check-in times will be required to obtain COVID-19 testing on their own within 72 hours their move-in time as outlined above.
  • Upon completion of the above steps you may return to your residence hall room and move in. Please scan the QR code found in your room and complete the linked form to complete your check-in. 
  • New Residents should check-in at the Residence Life Office in Russell West.
  • All RAs will host a Zoom Welcome Community Meeting on Sunday evening. Please plan to attend to receive important updates and information pertaining to the spring semester. 

It is important to note that while rapid testing provides an immediate test result, it has not proven as accurate as PCR testing at this time. With a slightly higher rate of false negatives, there is a chance a student could be tested, receive a negative result, and still have COVID-19. If a student who moves into their residence hall room then becomes symptomatic, they will be moved to ISOLATION, and their roommate and suitemates will be required to QUARANTINE according to the same policies and procedures as the fall semester.

Additional information regarding the move-in procedure can be found below:

Residents and their guests (two maximum) are encouraged to prepare and take action to protect themselves and others while on and off campus through the following procedures: 

  1. Practice social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) from others.
  2. Masks or cloth face coverings are required for everyone outside of rooms and should be worn inside of rooms for the duration of move-ins.
  3. Residents are permitted TWO helpers who must also wear masks.
  4. Follow directional signs while navigating entering and exiting a building. Do not go against the flow of traffic.
  5. Residents should move all items from their vehicle into their room FIRST and then remain in their room to unpack and set up their space.
  6. Once the resident is finished moving in and setting up, the resident and guests should vacate the area to allow space for roommates and suitemates and their guests to safely move in.
  7. All students and guests will be required to screen for symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 via the LiveSafe application, which was used throughout the fall semester. Guests not wishing to download the app may complete their screening online via this link. Students and guests must display their green check mark to access on campus facilities, including the residence halls. 

Again, we look forward to having you back on campus beginning this weekend. If you have questions about the testing process, please reach out to the University Pandemic Task Force directly at If you have questions about other aspects of the check-in process, please reach out to Residence Life at or 843-863-7190. 

Happy New Year!

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